Lord Mouse

  • by Mason Thomas
  • Narrated by Joel Leslie
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Scoundrel by nature and master thief by trade, Mouse is the best there is. Sure, his methods may not make him many friends, but he works best alone anyway. And he has never failed a job.
But that could change.
When a stranger with a hefty bag of gold seduces him to take on a task, Mouse knows he'll regret it. The job? Free Lord Garron, the son of a powerful duke arrested on trumped up charges in a rival duchy. Mouse doesn't do rescue missions. He's no altruistic hero, and something about the job reeks. But he cannot turn his back on that much coin - enough to buy a king's pardon for the murder charge hanging over his head.
Getting Garron out of his tower prison is the easy part. Now, they must escape an army of guardsmen, a walled keep and a city on lockdown, and a ruthless mage using her power to track them. Making matters worse, Mouse is distracted by Garron's charm and unyielding integrity. Falling for a client can lead to mistakes. Falling for a nobleman can lead to disaster. But Mouse is unprepared for the dangers behind the plot to make Lord Garron disappear.

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Overall an enjoyable fantasy story that's basically a medieval prison break. I liked Mouse quite a bit (as I'm always a fan of a cheeky bugger).

Mouse's snarky attitude and burning intelligence, brought to life by Joel Leslie, was a pleasure to listen to. I really enjoyed Joel Leslie's narration. He's got a healthy contingent of English, Scottish, and even Irish accents for the characters, and, as usual, his tone, pitch, and pacing are on point.

However, the entertaining narration wasn't enough to divert my attention from some issues that made this hard for me to push the story from like to love. Two issues I found particularly aggravating were the time jumps and the way the vocabulary kept slipping up to be a bit too modern at times, which kept distracting me from the story.

The quest to break Lord Garron out took up the majority of the story, and then shifts to an insta-love romance between Mouse and Garron. I would have preferred a bit more balance between the adventure and the romance.

Even with my issues, the story is very entertaining to listen to, and Mouse is great character. If you enjoy fantasy stories with a modernish twist, interesting premise, captivating characters, action and adventure, and delightful narration you should check it out.

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- Belen

Prison Break with gays and magic

This was a really fun book and felt very fresh and original.
Mouse, our hero, is a scoundrel with a heart of gold. He's a thief who only robs from the rich to help keep his father out of trouble. He takes on a high risk high paying job to rescue a foreign noble who's been unjustly imprisoned.
Mouse has a couple of no strings attached flings with other men as he's preparing for the job, which added to the gritty atmosphere and gave us a look at our hero as a mature, sexually liberated man, a refreshing change from the nearly virginal wholesome leads we too often see.
Mouse delightfully subverts tropes by being sexually dominant (aks top) despite being a smaller man. Far far too often we see all bottoms are small guys while all tops are big strapping manly men, so this change is refreshing and interesting. It's also refreshing to see a small wiry man as a bit of a sex symbol.
The noble that Mouse is set to rescue, Garron, proves to be a complex man in his own right, muscular and handsome, he's still gentle and sensitive, which complicates Mouse's job of getting them both out safely. Sparks fly quickly between them and their relationship develops briskly but it felt natural and didn't intrude on the action.
There's a really tense and gripping journey through the castle where Garron was imprisoned. At heart the book is a prison break, just set in a quasi-middle ages castle. Mouse is quick witted and ruthless, with many costume changes, subterfuge and no shortage of violence in his pursuit of their freedom.
After a tightly plotted beginning and middle the ending felt a bit rushed but it's a small complaint out of a delightful adventure. I look forward to more from the author and hope we haven't seen the last of Lord Mouse.
Joel Leslie, one of the best narrators out there, elevates the reading to a performance and breathes life into the characters.
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- Uncle B

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2017
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC